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Improve Your Mental & Physical Health by Simply Adding Houseplants

April 15, 2019

Houseplants near a couch

Plants are extremely important. It's not new news to say plants are vital to our survival. Think about it: food, construction materials, medical efforts, oh and the process of the process of taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into clean oxygen. It's no surprise then, recent studies show that household plants have a direct impact on our wellness.

There are a number of reasons why having having household plants might improve our mental health, and the most obvious is they’re nicer to look at and smell. Wallpaper and carpet don’t really match living things and active colors. A recent study supports this notion in its findings that there is a direct correlation between the amount of care required to keep a houseplant from dying and the positive psychological effect it had in its caretaker. We learn from the research, those who have extended periods of time in the presence of plants tend to have stronger relationships with others and consequently experience heightened levels of happiness.

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Plants Help People, Help People

A separate study found that flowering plants provide elevated levels of happiness and therefore, keeping flowering plants around the apartment and in the workplace has the potential to significantly lower stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who spend more time around plants are significantly more likely to help others, and often have more active social relationships. People who care for plants & animals are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and building mutual bonds because of their mutual interests.

Plants Help Reduce Stress 

Natural aesthetic beauty is believed to have a calming effect, and including ornamental houseplants around the family home is an awesome way to lower high levels of stress and anxiety. As a result of the increased happiness derived from a space that has plants in it, the possibility of suffering from stress-induced depression is reduced as well. The research supports that by having houseplants, you improve your mental health by activating peace and open spaces to your brain.

Plants Help You Remember Your Honey To-Do List

Having ornamental houseplants in the home and office improves memory retention and concentration. How? The calming influence of natural environments increases a person’s ability to concentrate on the task at hand. Being outside or being around houseplants inside your home can improve memory retention as much as twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan research project showed (Sewach).

Convinced yet? Great. Here are a couple ideas for great houseplants to have in your home:

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Spider Plant

Spider plants are one of the most popular indoor botanicals, and your friends are going to like them because , spider plant. Best. name. ever. They’re extremely easy to maintain, and spider plants are impressively great at absorbing allergens or mold from the air and are great options to use in places that are prone to dampness: bathrooms and laundry room. Spider plants are fairly low maintenance and easy to care for, too. Offer them with bright, indirect light and it will flourish. Water your spider plant well but do not allow it to become too soggy, which can lead to root rot. In fact, spider plants prefer to dry out some between waterings.

Snake Plant

A study of CO2 conversion in houseplants by Harvard University observed that the snake plant is one of the highest oxygen-producing plants. Oh by the way, ficus and pothos are the other plants that made the list. One of the most important snake plant health benefits is snake plant's can make small and ongoing contribution to remove toxic air pollutants. Outside of CO2, it can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene; all of which are cancer-causing pollutants. It's one of the low maintenance plants out there as it can live-through weeks of neglect without losing their shape and vibrantlook. Snake plants can thrive in environments with minimal light and water. 

Notice anything with our two houseplants? If you have kid visitors, we’re hoping it will help it easier to get them excited! Who gets Spider and who gets Snake?